Johannesburg - The Pumas have welcomed nippy scrumhalf Faf de Klerk back into their starting line-up for
their opening Absa Currie Cup match against the Sharks in Nelspruit on Friday.
Klerk was released from the Springbok camp on Monday and will be running out for the
Mpumalanga-based side for the first time this season since his successful Super Rugby
stint with the Lions.
coach MJ Mentz has named inside centre Stefan Watermeyer as captain for the
encounter while lock Giant Mtyanda has also been included since his return from
loan to the Sharks.
Corne Fourie, who also featured for the Lions in this year’s Super Rugby
campaign, should get a run from the bench.
Sharks will be travelling to Mpumalanga fully aware of the Pumas’ status as one
of their bogey sides.
coastal side suffered a 32-22 defeat to the Pumas in the corresponding fixture
in 2014, while the Pumas will be further buoyed by their status as
Vodacom Cup champions.
JW Bell, 14 Bernado Botha, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain),
11 Rosco Spekman, 10 JC Roos, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Uzair
Cassiem, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Giant Mtyanda, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 De-Jay
Terblanché, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona
Substitutes: 16 Francois du
Toit, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Jason-Colin Fraser, 20 Reynier van
Rooyen, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Hoffmann Maritz
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. S’bura Sithole, 13.
Wandile Mjekevu, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Andre Esterhuizen, 10. Lionel Cronje,
9. Stefan Ungerer, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Khaya
Majola, 5. Marco Wentzel (captain), 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Lourens
Adriaanse, 2. Monde Hadebe, 1. Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Thomas
du Toit, 18. Dave McDuling, 19. Daniel du Preez, 20. Francois Kleinhans, 21.
Michael Claassens, 22. SP Marais